Governor Newsom has proposed his 2020-2021 annual budget to the Legislature, building on last year’s major commitments in education. In his budget, Governor Newsom proposes making additional investments in overall education funding as well as in several major educational initiatives benefiting classified employees.
“The annual budget is a statement of California values,” said Association President Ben Valdepeña. “Governor Newsom continues to demonstrate his commitment to public education and has proposed a budget that focuses support on California’s students and educators.”
Based on initial assessments, the budget would provide $84 billion for our schools and colleges under the Proposition 98 guarantee, including a statewide COLA of 2.29%. The budget also sets aside $64 million for the Paraprofessional Teacher Credentialing Program and $10 million for the training of classified food service workers.
Major highlights of key budget items:
- Overall Funding for K-12 schools, County Offices of Education, and community colleges. The Proposition 98 funding for K-12 schools and community colleges for 2020-21 is $84 billion, an all-time high. When combined with more than $819 million in settle-up payments for prior fiscal years, the Budget proposes an increased investment of $3.8 billion for schools and community colleges.
- Per-pupil Funding Estimate. The Proposition 98 funding level for 2020-21 represents an increase of $3 billion over the 2019-20 level-funded in the 2019 Budget Act. The Proposition 98 funding levels for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years increased from the 2019 Budget Act levels by $301.5 million.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS FOR K-12 EDUCATION:
- LCFF with a 2.29% COLA in K-12 Education. The Budget proposes a $1.2 billion Proposition 98 General Fund increase for the LCFF, which reflects a 2.29% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and brings the total LCFF funding to $64.2 billion. Since the enactment of the LCFF in 2013, the state has allocated over $24.6 billion in additional ongoing resources to school districts and charter schools through the formula.